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Daily iPhone App: Catapult King is beautifully destructive

Catapult King lacks innovation on the surface, unfortunately. It looks like an Angry Birds clone in 3D, and that's basically what it is. I say "unfortunately" because I hope that won't keep you from giving it a look anyway. I saw this title for the first time at E3 last week, and while I am not a big fan of Angry Birds, I've really enjoyed Catapult King.

It's a Chillingo-published title (as Angry Birds was originally, you'll recall), so it's got all of the polish that Chillingo os known for. The game just looks amazing. The graphics are clear and colorful, and there are a lot of nice touches, like art in the background of each stage that really adds a lot of depth and vision to the proceedings. You obviously control a catapult firing at soldiers on wooden towers, and your job is to bring the soldiers down with as few hits as possible.

The game's fun and simple, but those graphics, along with the variety in the various levels, really make this one shine. There are freemium spells you can buy (a little lame, considering that the game also costs 99 cents), but I haven't needed them yet, and I'm having a lot of fun just hurling stones at the soldiers (who will happily gloat at you when you miss). The whole thing could use a bit more guidance, especially when aiming at various elevations, but Catapult King is a fun and cheap title that looks really, really good. It's universal, so you can grab it for iPhone or iPad today.

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